Plankinton Bank records, 1866-1907

Plankinton Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.)
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  • Format Mixed Materials
  • Physical Details
    • 13.0 c.f. (27 archives boxes and 82 volumes)
  • OCLC ocn145828990
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  • COLLECTION STORED AT ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.


  • Business and financial records of a leading Milwaukee bank from its organization in 1887 under the presidency of John Plankinton until its insolvency on June 1, 1893, under the presidency of Frederick T. Day, and for the ten years under the administrations of several assignees (including William Plankinton, Irving M. Bean, and Henry Herman) following insolvency. The bank closed following the loss of loans made to Frank A. Lappen & Company, a run on deposits, and a failure to reorganize and attract large investors.
  • Records for 1866-1893 include ledgers of various types, registers of foreign items dispatched, correspondence, and other records. For the years after June, 1893, the papers relate to the operations of the several assignees, including assignments, court testimony and miscellaneous legal papers relating to litigation in Milwaukee County Circuit Court concerning the affairs of the bank, and assignee letter books.


  • Presented by the Wisconsin Fidelity Trust & Safe Deposit Company via Howard Greene, circa 1905.
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